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Turmeric’s Healing Roots By Joshua Avritt, MS             According to a 2012 survey put out by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 23 to 25 million people in the U.S. suffer from pain on a regular basis [1].  Additionally, chronic diseases such as depression, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and stomach conditions are all on the rise [2].  Interestingly, virtually all of these health conditions stem from the same root problem: inflammation.  Now inflammation is an important part of our immune system.  It is needed to fight off infections, heal wounds, repair cellular damage, and grow tissues.  However, if inflammation tips out of balance due to many various factors (e.g. toxic eating habits, environmental toxins, chronic stress, unresolved emotional/psychological trauma, lack of antioxidants, etc.), then we increase the risk of developing one or many of these chronic diseases.  Western medicine will routinely treat these imbalances with multiple drugs that
Flu Vaccine Effectiveness How effective is the flu vaccine, and will getting vaccinated reduce the severity of your illness even if the vaccine is a poor match to circulating influenza virus strains? While public health officials insist vaccination is the best way to prevent the seasonal flu, the evidence calls this assumption into question, and most health care professionals won’t even get the flu shot if it’s voluntary.1 In its 2014 meta-analysis2 of the available research on inactivated influenza vaccines, the Cochrane Collaboration (which is considered by many as the gold-standard for scientific meta-reviews), reviewed evidence related to influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI) that people experience during flu seasons and stated: “Over 200 viruses cause ILI, which produces the same symptoms (fever, headache, aches, pains, cough and runny nose) as influenza. Without laboratory tests, doctors cannot distinguish between ILI and influenza because both last for days and rarely cause serious illness or